Serenity Smile Designs
What are my options if I do not like my smile?
Here at Serenity Smile Designs we offer a wide range of options to help you enhance your smile. Whether your goal is to obtain straighter teeth or a bigger whiter smile Dr. Erik Mendelsohn and Dr. Alexa Preveti can help you reach your goals.
The smile is often mentioned as the first thing people notice when meeting someone and the most attractive feature of a person’s face. Hating the way your smile looks can make showing off your teeth embarrassing, uncomfortable, and hinder your self confidence.
Dr. Erik Mendelsohn and Dr. Alexa Previti do not want you to resign yourself to living with embarrassment and want you to understand your options in reaching your goal of a more beautiful smile that you are proud to show off. Whether your goal is to obtain straighter teeth or a bigger whiter smile Dr. Erik Mendelsohn and Dr. Alexa Preveti can help you reach your smile goals with invisalign, whitening, dental implants, or veneers.
Have you ever wondered why dentist take x-rays?
Do you think that x-rays are not a necessary part of your dental treatment?
Did you know Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. A routine exam which includes 4 bitewings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight.
Dental X-rays can detect even the slightest traces of oral health problems at their earliest stages, such as cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and some types of tumors. It’s important to realize that dental X-rays are only taken when necessary. Listed below are just a few reasons why dental x-rays do more good than harm and have a huge impact on your oral health.
1. LOOK FOR DECAY BETWEEN TEETH
Sometimes decay isn’t visible to the naked eye and exists in areas the dentist cannot see.
2. CHECK FOR BONE LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH GUM DISEASE
Gum disease can cause bone loss and an x-ray will show how advanced it is.
3. CHECK FOR DECAY UNDER FILLINGS
Sometimes decay under fillings can occur and can only be seen with an x-ray.
4. LOOK FOR INFECTION AT THE TIP OF THE ROOT
Infections can appear at the very bottom of your teeth where the bone is, which needs to be confirmed using an x-ray.
5. EXAMINE THE AREAS BEFORE PROCEDURES
Dentists need a full view of the teeth and bone before procedures such as braces, implants, and tooth removal.
To see is to know…
Not to see is to guess…
And we don’t guess about our patients health
Intraoral Camera Technology
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Erik Mendelsohn and Dr. Alexa Previtti utilize Intraoral Camera technology to help enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. Intraoral cameras are fast replacing dental mirrors for the following reasons (1) magnification; and (2) their ability to share the image with the patient via live video on a computer or TV monitor.
“A picture paints a thousand words.”
An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral Cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
The Intraoral Camera technology allows us to show our patients what we see and to help enhance the understanding of their diagnosis. The intraoral photo pictured here is of an actual patient. The patient was shocked by what he had seen and could not believe that this was an actual photo of what was going on within his very own mouth! Thanks to this amazing technology we were able to share images with our patient to help him understand his treatment and provided him with the overall education he needed for a healthy mouth.
We produce the lowest doses of radiation necessary for diagnosis of dental disease.
Serenity Smile designs is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. We have provided this information to provide an explanation to the recent media reports about the increased incidence(slightly above the risk of 6 in every 100,000) of brain cancer(meningioma) as a result of dental x-rays. The studies sound very alarming, so it is important to understand what they really mean. I will preface by saying that our office uses the most advanced digital x-ray available on the market which provides 75% lower radiation than other standard dental xray technology. In this article we have provided statistics show how much radiation a person is exposed and how much of that actually comes from digital dental xrays. So before you panic read on.
A more extensive article detailing flaws in the study can be found at Reuters.
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Diagnosing TMJ With Precision & Care
Dr. Erik Mendelsohn is proud to offer Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) for patients with jaw pain and associated symptoms. JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and reliable measurement of TMJ function to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ problems.
As part of every dental exam at Serenity Smile Designs in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Dr. Erik Mendelsohn palpates the patients’ face and TMJ’s to see if there are any clicks or pops associated with opening and closing the mouth. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. Like all human joints, the TMJ has surfaces which rub together when you chew, swallow or speak. Smooth, well-lubricated surfaces within the joint produce little friction and little vibration. But if the joint surface changes because of degeneration, disk displacement or injury, jaw movement will produce friction and vibration.